Posted On:9/26/2011 5:32am
The Duchess of Northumberland, no stranger to controversy, is to stage a televised cage-fighting tournament in the grounds of the 1,000-year-old Alnwick Castle, The (London) Sunday Times reported.
On October 21, the Northern Free Fighters and Team Shotai Kai will slug it out, not in an aircraft hangar, a dingy social club or a smoke-filled pub, but in a stunning glass atrium usually reserved for elegant weddings, silver anniversaries and 60th birthday parties.
This is not, however, a last-ditch fundraiser to pay the heating bills. Her husband, the 12th Duke of Northumberland, was ranked joint 248th in this year's Sunday Times Rich List with a fortune calculated at £315 million. Proceeds from the event will go to the Help for Heroes charity.
It is, instead, the result of the 52-year-old duchess' improbable love of martial arts.
"I've been doing boxing for years and it's great," she said. "Particularly after a bad day. You can thump away at something, imagine it's whoever has annoyed me in the last meeting and it's really satisfying. I've got a fairly good jab but the rest of it is not great."
From boxing she has progressed to kickboxing and fighting with sticks, a discipline she describes as "tricky."
Her plans to stage extreme fighting at Alnwick, 30 miles (48km) north of Newcastle, have caused upset in some quarters. Two years ago, several volunteers walked out in protest during a smaller cage-fighting event.
"They said it wasn't what the garden was about," she said. "But excuse me, they couldn't have been more wrong. The garden was built for every age group and sector of the community. It isn't exclusively for 50-year-old-and-over women who like flowers."
Alnwick made headlines in 2005 when, with permission from the Home Office, it opened a poison garden stocked with specimens of cannabis, opium poppies, magic mushrooms, tobacco and the coca plant, the source of cocaine.
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Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence (est. 1899)
Posted On:9/26/2011 5:48am
Style: hsing i, FMA's
The Duchess of Northumberland is pretty hot (IMO).
any idea what kind of stick fighting she does?
its a little out of my way but im tempted to go out of curiosity. if its dull a walk around the "poison garden" would make it more interesting.
Posted On:9/26/2011 1:33pm
Castles, NOT for fighting? O rly
Posted On:9/26/2011 2:02pm
Style: Cheng Man Ching Taijiquan
Methinks she thinks MMA = manly man-action.
She may or may not be disappointed.
Kama Sutra blue belt.
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I used to **** guys like you in prison.
Originally Posted by Rock Ape
Dude I kill people for a fucking living.
Posted On:9/26/2011 2:47pm
Style: Trad Ju Jitsu
If memory serves the Duke of Northumberland had Barbara Carrera as his girlfriend some years ago. As he looked a mite, er, portly, I'm assuming that his millionaire status and Dukedom was just incidental to their relationship.
I might be a bit jealous.
Crouching Philosopher, Hidden Philosopher
Posted On:9/26/2011 7:42pm
Style: n/a (ex-Karate)
This woman is excellent. Thank you for this story.
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Posted On:9/27/2011 7:58am
Duke of Northumberland
Duchess of Northumberland
And look, no one's wearing Tapout.
pro nonsense self defense
Posted On:9/27/2011 11:42am
Style: FMA, dumbek, Indian clubs
What a cool lady.
Posted On:9/27/2011 11:46am
Any woman that can take a punch either belongs in the South, or in the U.K. running a county.
On the flip side, any dude that becomes a woman that can take a punch, belongs at Lumpini.
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